Footballer Ilkay Gundogan is surprised by the many violent reactions that were loosened after he, along with Mesut Özil at the picture was gone with the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two German internationals are of Turkish descent and met the president at a special meeting for players from Premier League.
“Because of our Turkish roots we have a strong relationship with Turkey, but it was never intended as a political statement to make”, says Gundogan against the German media.
“But all the comments and all the personal insults have made me very touched. We are born and grew up in Gelsenkirchen, a city with many migrants. It has given me a lot of hurt that we were accused that we will not be integrated and that they do not live according to the German values and standards,” said the midfielder of Manchester City, who are now mainly want to concentrate on the world cup with Germany.
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